- refractory or unruly: a fractious animal that would not submit to the harness.
- readily angered; peevish; irritable; quarrelsome: an incorrigibly fractious young man.
Origin of fractious
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1. stubborn, difficult. 2. testy, captious, petulant, snappish, pettish, waspish, touchy.
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Examples from the Web for fractiousness
Not once was there any indication of fractiousness on the part of Gov'ner.The Long Dim Trail
Forrestine C. Hooker
Bin livin' so high lately that you had to have a fight to work off your fractiousness?Si Klegg, Book 4 (of 6)
To some extent her fractiousness was due to natural reaction after the emotional excitement of the previous evening.The Lamp of Fate
Ten beds, and only one occupied, by a freckled, tousled quintessence of fractiousness in a blue wrapper.Pippin; A Wandering Flame
Laura E. Richards
Perhaps this sort of fractiousness is the usual sign of approaching illness with children.Letters of Two Brides
Honore de Balzac
C18: from (obsolete) fraction discord + -ous
Fractious is sometimes wrongly used where factious is meant: this factious (not fractious) dispute has split the party still further
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Word Origin and History for fractiousness
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